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thank you bert go throw back to. the. day after george zimmerman was not found not guilty protest spread nationwide look at why so many people took to the streets and what it says about race relations here in the u.s. and watching the media and first attorney general eric holder denied any involvement in the e-mail searches of a fox news reporter turns out that's not the case and now the department of justice has created new guidelines they claim will protect journalists but is that really the case. plus edward snowden may have a blueprint to the n.s.a. the guardian's glenn greenwald suggested that the n.s.a. whistleblower has the instruction manual on how that agency is built more on this
story and his effort to leave moscow later in today show. it is monday july fifteenth four pm in washington d.c. i'm meghan lopez and you are watching r t well we begin this hour with a look at the protests that are taking place across the country as a result of the george zimmerman trial now in case you have somehow managed to avoid the media mayhem surrounding this trial let's get you caught up to speed late friday night a jury of all women ruled that george zimmerman the man who shot and killed an unarmed seventeen year old named trayvon martin was not guilty and that has civil rights groups calling this a case of institutionalized racism the tragic death of one teenager has now turned into a national discussion of the law known as stand your ground as well as race relations
here in the u.s. for a look at how these protests played out let's take a trip across the country will start off in washington d.c. where yesterday i braved the heat to attend the protests here in the city with hundreds of others. i was ever. not guilty that was the jury verdict in the george zimmerman case that caused people across the country to rally within hours of that announcement calls had gone out over social media for protesters to demonstrate against the ruling i don't claim to be an expert i'm just literally someone who just did a google search about trayvon martin found out about it and decided to get involved hundreds heated to the call and took to the streets with signs and chants. they use their fists to show solidarity instead of acting in anger at the volcano dissimilar in cement and their words to tell the world that they believe racism is alive and well in the u.s.
but we got big shoulders we can say go on the bloody ways it's on the fact that this was sanction. last night by the state of florida just further illustrates the reality of what it means to be a young black man in this country you know despite him sitting in the white house you know we're still sitting in the courthouse we're still sit in the cell house a group of protesters gathered in washington d.c. over the weekend far from the courthouse in florida because they say this case is bigger than one teenager look at me. you know twenty years ago it was trayvon martin and it's bigger than one court case i want this to basically turn it into a rally about actually accomplishing rather than simply advocating human rights reforms because at the end of the day when you're a young black boy that there there's a cause there's a conversation you get from the adult men from the adult male role models that you don't get if you anybody else you know they're aware that there is
a conduct you're expected to hear to that you are not there are levels of deference that you're expected to show just to get home safely the fact that they have to have these conversations with their children is discussed. the floorboards we shouldn't have to do that the protesters paused for a short time at the park to speak out and then marched down the u. street corridor or the same location of the one nine hundred sixty eight street riots after martin luther king jr was murdered for delivering a message of equality but this time the protests were peaceful and the protesters say this isn't a moment but a movement i think that we're seeing something over of the first start to something you know what we saw in the sixty's and seventy's a new civil rights movement they want to see people who mobilize energize the rattus issue become part of organizations in our community are doing good work you don't want to just see people just riled up and out in the streets doing anything up productive i am here malcolm x. park right now where there is about a hundred and fifty people all marching and protesting against the jury verdict in
the george zimmerman case you know all the people that i spoke to today have said that trayvon martin that i am the subsequent jury ruling is a tragedy yet but the community needs to come together moving forward to discuss and come up with a plan to deal with race relations in the u.s. in the future in washington meghan lopez r.t. . a collective course of anger and frustration manifested itself in southern california after the acquittal of george zimmerman in the killing of trayvon martin oh you know was the quote i got a saudi that owning the make no sit state of florida versus george zimmerman verdict we the jury find george zimmerman not guilty president obama has asked the nation to respect the jury's decision he's a wannabe cop but they let him get away with it but protesters here in los angeles
believe the verdict is another example of an unequal justice system they've been doing it for hair people kill black boy black me and they get off of you know black men get her back and for that they kind of. him in both the angry masses have made their presence felt in l.a. . a few hundred people shut down a metro train in the hours following the verdict. to start the bags at marchers hitting a protester and a journalist. with a police helicopter overhead a group of protesters took over a major interstate photo show the crowd bringing traffic to a standstill anger over the trayvon martin case has clearly spilled into the streets of los angeles behind them you can see police in full riot gear trying to hold off demonstrators who have approached the ten freeway one of the busiest freeways in the entire world has been shut down as protesters make their way
through the streets of los angeles. in cities across the u.s. victims of profiling perceived zimmerman's pursuit of martin as racist right oh. thank god. the department of justice clear. he hasn't found any evidence of racial profiling says a researcher structure that benefits me every day i think white folks need to at least recognize it and it made it and i think one step further is how willing are they really to get rid of the eula bell says he's privileged to not feel the discrimination young black men feel i've never known what it was like to be followed around a store i've never known what it was like to be followed him on a neighborhood zimmerman's claim of self-defense against an unarmed black teenager has awakened simmering fury with emotions still high street protests are expected
to continue in number and you know numbers i speak to people will be categorized why would it be legal in los angeles ramon galindo archie i. may be over but the outrage has just begun. from manhattan to brooklyn the streets and parks of new york city will clogged with demonstrators sunday evening we guide thousands of strangers united by overwhelming outrage and disbelief that george zimmerman the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot an unarmed black seventeen year olds is walking free this verdict makes a very clear and gives a green light to anyone that wants to shoot and kill a youth of color you know and you can get off the rock and go on and live your life and it's ok i do have a daughter and it's terrifying that i now have to go and have this conversation with her about being profiled and keeping her safe and helping her understand what
she has to do to keep herself safe against other people and the police department and. several different justice for trayvon rallies as they're being called took over the big apple halting traffic throughout the city. a diverse crowd of all ages and races converging at times square chanting and finding signs of solace . parity with trayvon martin by the late evening the mostly peaceful demonstration took a churn for the worst as police in riot gear moved in on protesters bottles were thrown pepper spray was used and at least twelve people were arrested the fatal shooting of trayvon martin has come to symbolize a national debate on racial profiling a prop just that many civil rights attorneys say happens on a daily basis in new york city courtesy of the police department's stop and frisk program since two thousand and two more than five million citizens have been
stopped and searched for no reason other than looking suspicious and eighty percent of those searched have been african-american and latinos reporting from new york marina r.t. so as we just saw in all three of those reports obviously a motions are running high when it comes to this case and it's broader implications most of those protests were peaceful with people talking about how to get a movement going but in a few places like oakland there were spurts of violence for more on this weekend's protests and what's next i'm joined now by our team correspondents from on the window and marina. hi there both of you let's start off with a have you heard of anything else that is planned for the future protests or other forms of action merino we'll start with you. well we know that there are two justice for trayvon rally scheduled to take place in new york city this evening one in manhattan the other in the bronx demonstrators say that the acquittal of george zimmerman is a racist verdict and denial of justice
a lot of the sentiments that works saturday and sunday are expected to be expressed again here on monday most if not all of the demonstrators want the u.s. justice department to prosecute george zimmerman on criminal civil rights grounds an option that attorney general eric holder says he's been investigating but new york city activists that are taking to the streets are also demanding an end to the n.y.p.d. controversial stop and frisk program which disproportionately targets minorities as i mentioned in my report a lot of new yorkers understand the level of racial profiling that is being discussed when it comes to the fatal shooting of trayvon martin because a lot of those cases according to civil rights attorneys occur in new york now many demonstrators taking to the streets feel that if a neighborhood watch volunteer can get away with shooting and killing an unarmed black teenager then at the end of the day millions of minority children or children
living in the united states are at risk and ramon let's go to you i know that obviously the protests were very a little bit chaotic from the piece that i saw of yours now is there anything that's pro that's planned and also can you talk about the fact that this was planned by occupy a way. right well as you mentioned some of these demonstrations have been chaotic and really spread out over a large part of los angeles were there were several occupy l.a. protesters which were part of the large group which shut down the interstate and really march throughout the night but we do expect these protests to continue tonight there's going to be a peaceful joe and. a historically african-american neighborhood here in los angeles and in the next coming days we're going to be seen demonstrations in orange county where. minority groups there are actually commemorating a year since riots and protests that happened in anaheim the home of disneyland
where several of us are involved shootings ended with the deaths of the young latino men so. the sense of minorities being targeted by law enforcement or in this case the neighborhood watchman george zimmerman is really resonating strongly here on the west coast. and we have just a short time left but have you heard of any other violence. well over night marchers were able to make their way to hollywood actually right in front of the c.n.n. building there were other reports of. police officers firing off their non-lethal project as we've seen pictures or reports of several. several demonstrators and even journalists being hit by them and there were also total according to the l.a.p.d. but from my two days of observing the crowd things have remained peaceful and let's hope they still do r.t.
correspondents marina for nigh on are among the leno. well just issue for a few short months ago the associated press a respected journalism outlet that often breaks the news made the news when word came out that the u.s. justice department secretly confiscated two months worth of telephone records from multiple bureaus days later a fox news reporter found out that his personal e-mails had been targeted in a leak investigation dealing with north korea now this type of monitoring of the press has caused outrage and demands for an official investigation president obama responded by ordering attorney general eric holder to come up with these this and reports to look at these cases in particular in a broader context now we finally have a response that d.o.j. issued a new set of media guidelines friday that restricts the agency from labeling a journalist as a criminal coconspirator while seeking a search warrant in order to obtain reporting materials but not all are happy with
the outcome of this investigation tell me to get to some of these new guidelines just one raid acas the national security and human rights director of the government accountability project and she joins me now jesselyn is this a new start for the department of justice i hope so i mean definitely it's a make nice gesture with reporters i mean under the old guideline they could only subpoena a reporter as a very last resort this doesn't address the fact that they have the race jim rise in the new york times these guidelines like so many things obama sound really good in theory but in practice that's where. the rubber meets the road in terms of actually carrying them out and the one of the things that this report said time and time again is that they will not try journalists as coconspirators but they can pursue them in other ways right right now i mean that's significant
that they can't be churches coconspirators because of course. they should be allowed to engage in ordinary journalistic news gathering and publishing the problem is that i can see an exception being carved out for a group like wiki leaks where the government will make the argument that it's not ordinary journalistic publishing even though it is so they also had an interesting provision in there about finding other ways than criminal investigations to deal with leaks for example in ministry to penalties with that part i agree with i just i mean it's a good start if that actor and they're going to abide by that but. i want to see follow through now one of the things that is another kind of issue that we need to be bring up here is the fact that attorney general eric holder was the one who was responsible for signing off on the investigation of fox news reporter james rosen he is the same person that president obama tapped and tasked in order to look into
this kind of investigation into journalists this kind of warrants taking a journalist information so is there an ethical problem here yeah i mean i think holder's conflict for a number of reasons and again all of these. kind of be intrusive spying that was done on reporters are all under the rubric of the leak investigations and prosecutions of whistleblowers because journalists are in every single indictment so i mean if you really want to put some meat on this skeleton that has been put out i mean there are four active cases right now as we well know and manning among the two most visible but also of sterling and jeffrey sterling and stephen kim i mean go ahead and drop those charges and charges them and ministry to flee as they should be in the first place and something else or bring up is the fact that these
days the idea of media is. fundamentally it is not just reporters working for newspapers or reporters working for a television station anyone can be a journalist presumably but they use this word media numerous times throughout the entirety of this report and it's very hard to determine what media person is but can we go beyond this and talk about the media shield law that might be regurgitated at this point as a result of these investigations well i would be in favor of the media shield law that would give a source of protection because obviously all of these leakers the thing they have in common a number of them is some of them implicated themselves but also it would mean they were caught in some cases by the news media revealing who they were not intentionally necessarily and not know cases but i would love to see that i mean the federal bill has been kicking around for a long time i would love to see that kind of reporter shield law but i don't have
a lot of hope i would also love to see these guidelines followed because again so many of these cases for example the thomas drake case collapsed and he pled guilty to a minor misdemeanor that was essentially and in the history of penalty which is all he should have been charged with if anything in the first place so perhaps a very small ray of hope moving forward jesselyn radack national security and human rights director of the government accountability project thank you so much you well get ready for another n.s.a. bombshell over the weekend the guardian journalist glenn greenwald told the media about a revelation that could unravel the very fabric of the national security agency however this weekend's announcement was not so much of a leak as it was a threat of one if something were to happen to edward snowden and this is one that would compromise the entire future of government surveillance. in order to take documents that that prove that what he was saying was true here to take ones that
included very sensitive details blueprints. of the n.s.a. does what they do and so he's in possession of literally thousands of documents that contain very specific blueprints that would allow somebody who read them to know exactly how the n.s.a. does what it does which would in turn allow them either to evade that surveillance or to replicate it and that's what i was talking about that he has basically the instruction manual for how the n.s.a. is built so is it possible that edward snowden really has the key that unlocks pandora's box of n.s.a. surveillance tactics and how does that affect his ploy for asylum in russia as well as latin america for more i've got douglas mcnabb he is a senior principal at mcnabb associates and he joins me in studio hi there douglas let's start off by talking about this quote blueprint for n.s.a. surveillance programs does this help or hinder his plea for asylum well i don't
know that it would that it would help him or hurt him he has disclosed a significant amount of information he's been charged by the united states government for having committed three offenses and whether he has for further disclosures or not from a legal standpoint i don't think it's going to make any difference united states government once again and they want to prosecute him for rugby alleged federal crimes that he's committed now one thing to bring up is that on one hand you have snowden threatening to leak more information when it comes to the n.s.a. surveillance tactics and a lot of other things we don't know really what he has on the other hand president vladimir putin said that snowden would only be permitted to stay in russia if he stops hurting his quote us partners so is he hurting his case here for me i will to accept or possibly get temporary asylum in russia but i think the disclosures were real. at least to the press prior to mr snowden's arrival in the transit area.
as i understand it mr snowden has not yet applied for asylum. in russia. and mr putin president putin doesn't quite understand but from what i have read mr snowden in my view needs to have a clear strategy in terms of what it is that he's doing and i'm certainly not here to giving legal advice because i'm prevented from giving pretty private parts to him what i would i would recommend to the strip snowden that he needs to engage us counsel he's a u.s. citizen charged with u.s. crimes and he needs to be advised as to what it is he can and he cannot do at this point i see him similar to a ping pong ball he seems to be bouncing all over the place now he had requested asylum in russia and then rescinded that request and now he's announced that he'd like temporary asylum although yes as you say russian authorities have said that they have not yet received that application or any formal application for temporary
asylum now let me ask you about the idea of temporary asylum is it realistic here. well i think that. president putin has made an offer to him talking about legally as it is it is something that is a temporary asylum commin no it's not common but it but that isn't to say. that russia couldn't extend that offer to him to be able to study a bit longer in in russia or in the transit zone but that's up to the that's up to the individual states to make that determination this case clearly is ten percent legal and ninety percent political and the political states are very much involved in what is occurring and not occurring with regard to mr snow and finally we have a very short amount of time left but does he have a legitimate fear for flying over a nato air space could he should he could have perhaps consider taking
a boat out of the country or other means well again i can't i can't answer your question i'm afraid i love r t but i can i forgive a pretty probably box with regard to that i will say to you from a legal perspective that the u.s. certainly has the right to ask the e.u. states not to allow mr snowden to enter their airspace the united states government has special marathoning curatorial jurisdiction are the law but that's not breaking international law it is not and. under the federal statute of the u.s. has jurisdiction over the high seas as well as the airspace over the heart of see america is going to be very difficult douglas mcnabb senior principal at macnab associates thank you so much my pleasure. the bradley manning trial resumed maryland today at three pm the army judge colonel denise linda allowed defense lawyer david coombs and his team to deliver their arguments to have bradley manning acquitted for some of the charges due to a lack of evidence the team is seeking to have the most serious charge aiding the
enemy which could result in a life sentence dropped along with six lesser charges meanwhile the prosecution is expected to rebut some of those arguments that the wiki leak or his defense team laid out last week the defense's star witness harvard lawyer a law school professor the bank lawyer argued that wiki leaks was only seen as aiding the terrorists like al qaeda because the u.s. government vilified the transparency organization now the government will reply to that claim we have a correspondent on the ground at fort meade so we will give you the latest updates on this story as we as they become available republican and democratic leaders may not agree on much these days but both sides of the aisle are fighting for their vision of immigration reform however despite the washington consensus charging ahead on the road to reform not all are driving toward a path toward citizenship for the eleven minute million undocumented immigrants currently residing in the u.s.
now in an economy that's only see jobs growth in the low wage sectors some americans are seeing those eleven million people as competition instead of compatriots aaron aid went to d.c. as march for jobs where protesters weighed in on the immigration debate. oh. well just like a little heat and triple digit temperatures in the nation's capital members of the black american leadership alliance along with members of the tea party marched from kryten plaza to capitol hill where they marched in protest of the senate immigration bill which they say will have bursley impact the potential for jobs for black americans here in the u.s. i'm not here to support all of the texans texas has the largest southern border we are impacted very heavily through illegal immigration the mexican drug cartel is operating in our state and we came all the way out here to support this effort to kill the amnesty legislation we have millions and millions of illegals in this country citizenship would grant them access to all of our resources some of which i
myself and my children nieces and nephews will get access to because they'll be gone and so i don't think the compromise is giving them access to the benefits of our children is not a race issue in this situation it's all americans and that's one of the things that among the few you know it's the show that lets blacks we need to be out here especially in d.c. which like sixty five percent of the population is black and why aren't there more of us out here one of things also that makes me think that while blacks are not coming out is because a lot of blacks are getting the government handouts and we say they don't need to work so well we're all going out there one about work when i'm getting welfare and things like that well i'm concerned with the direction our country is going on i'm all for immigration but not illegal immigration now those here today in opposition of the immigration bill say that the senate must consider the effects the bill will have on all low skilled workers from all races here in the u.s. in washington d.c.
aaron aides are too. and that does it for now i'm meghan lopez say right back here in five pm. all across the world middle classes from the traditional rich to emerging economies feel the pain of the global financial crisis millions demand governments to be more accountable and have strategies to meet rising expectations the failure to do so has led to mass protests and political people is the world prepared for a globalized middle class let me let me i want to know what all let me ask you a question from. here on this network is where we're having a debate we have our knives out. maybe you do get this right it's a bad thing never get here in a situation where b. and i don't agree to talk about the name and when.
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